Coral Gables, Fla.—The Maryland women's basketball team's high-powered offense finally met its match.
Though the Terrapins came in as a scoring powerhouse, Miami guard Riquna Williams gave them a taste of their own medicine Thursday night.
"We knew how hard it was to come in here and play," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I felt like it was going to take a 40-minute game from us. I'm disappointed we didn't get that tonight."
Williams scored 34 points and hit a career-high eight 3-pointers to lift the Hurricanes (14-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their first win over a Top 5 opponent in school history.
"The difference was that we had no answer for Riquna," Frese said. "Obviously, she showed what makes her so special. She was unstoppable, and we had no answer for her defensively.
"How do you defend her? She can shoot, obviously, and then you talk about her ability to get to the rim. So when you're a defensive player, you have to choose how you want to come out and defend her. … She has a tremendous overall game."
Maryland's offense just couldn't match Williams and Miami.
The Terrapins (16-1, 3-1) entered the contest averaging 84.4 points per game but were held to a season-low 63 points Thursday. Sophomore Alyssa Thomas led Maryland with 18 points.
"They just really got after it [on defense]," Thomas said. "We knew that they were physical and they like to put their hands on you and make it tough for you."
Despite all that, Maryland found a way to overcome a slow start with a 17-3 run to close the first half and take a two-point lead into halftime. The Terrapins scored eight of the first 11 points in the second half to extend their advantage to seven points.
But their momentum didn't last long. The Hurricanes scored 50 points in the second half, hitting 10 3-pointers.
"Against Miami, you don't have time to rest until the final horn," Frese said.
Along with Williams' spectacular shooting from long range, Miami junior Stefanie Yderstrom hit four shots from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes.
Miami's offensive performance was enough to end Maryland's bid for an undefeated season and extend the Hurricanes' winning streak at home to 34 games.
"It's really disappointing," Maryland guard Anjalé Barrett said. "When you go out there, you don't want to lose. Just the way that we played when they were making their run, we didn't respond. That's what disappointed me because we've been responding all season."